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Compsognathus was one of the smallest of the dinosaurs. A full-grown adult would have weighed no more than a turkey.

The slender build of this dinosaur indicates it was a fast and agile creature. Studies suggest it may have been able to run at a speed of 40 miles per hour.

Vital Statistics

Genus Name: Compsognathus ("elegant jaw")
Type Species: * C. longipes (Wagner, 1859)
Length: 24-49 inches (60-125 centimeters)
Weight: 5-10 pounds
Time: 150 million years ago (Late Jurassic)
Place: France, Germany
Diet: meat-eater (carnivore)

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